"At last everything you need to know about interior design and decorating.....So start right away and make your home beautiful." How can you resist these fabulous rooms scanned from All you need to know about Design & Decorating, Marshall Cavendish, London, 1985. Now some of these I could definitely live with (or at least steal ideas from) but I'm not going to tell you which ones.
Caroline Casey and Robert Brown of Australian architectural studio Casey Brown build in response to the site and climate their structures inhabit. Tree houses rise from the steep topography and copper and glass pavilions strain to fly away from their sandstone anchors. A sense of place is paramount in their work. Beautiful unpretentious buildings, their structures exposed, blend with the environment and celebrate their stunning surroundings.
I am in love with the work of prop stylist Amy Chin. Just look at the vivacious use of colour in these arrangements. Vintage meets found and floral is flirty. These are so much fun I want to clap my hands in glee. Amy's eye for colour and attention to detail make these vignettes so inspirational. Check more of her portfolio on her website and her rep's site.
I have known Jocelyn (via the internet) for about a year now, having met on Flickr. She lives here in Ottawa, and also has an interior design blog, decorate it darling. She recently posted photos of her new loft apartment on Flickr and blogged about it, and I recognized her apartment as being in an incredible historic building called the Wallis House. It started as a hospital in the 1800's, then a Catholic seminary, then was taken over by the military, then almost demolished until a developper bought it in 1994 for $320,000 with a promise to restore it. It became home to 47 lofts. When the Wallis House lofts went up for sale in October 1995, they were all sold in fewer than twenty-four hours. Jocelyn is fortunate to know someone who owns one of the lofts, and while the owner is in Haiti, she is renting it. She is one lucky girl let me tell you. The amazing thing is each loft is unique. They have different layouts, and each original owner chose the finishes. So here's a peek into Jocelyn's new loft in the coolest building in Ottawa.
Jocelyn was kind enough to invite me over to check out her amazing space, and to see her artwork that caught my eye when I saw her photos. They are her own creations, and she is VERY talented. I bought one from her, and I am ecstatic about it. It is GORGEOUS, and I was stunned to learn she doesn't really sell her art unless someone happens to ask about them when visiting her. Jocelyn, I have one word for you - ETSY. You'll recognize my new Jawcey original from her hallway photo. (I'm not sure where it will end up - in the photo below it's propped up on my thermostat). Thanks so much Jocelyn, and it was so much fun to finally meet a fellow blogger!